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Lunch & Learn: Promising Directions in Community Programming for Aging Nova Scotians

  • Thursday, April 11th from 10:00am - 12:00pm AST
  • Join in-person at Mulroney Hall Room 4041 or online via Zoom
  • Connect, share and learn about health, social and cultural community programming for people 55+ in Northeastern Nova Scotia.
  • Everyone welcome!

Register Here


News

Nova Scotia's Inaugural Accessibility Act Review Report Released

Nova Scotia's Accessibility Act was proclaimed in 2017 with a goal of achieving an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030. The Act guides development of accessibility standards for the built environment, education, employment, the delivery and receipt of goods and services, information and communication, public transportation and transportation infrastructure, and other prescribed activities. Dr. Katie Aubrecht was appointed by the Department of Justice (Nova Scotia Government) to lead the inaugural review of the Act. The review team included Kelly O’Neil, (lead associate), Dr. Tammy Bernasky, Dr. Emily Reid-Musson, Julianne Acker-Verney, Lisa Snider, Shirley Hodder, Mary Jane Kelly, Shala Knocton, Miriam Schroeder, and Jami Horne. Canadian Centre on Disability Studies Incorporated, operating as Eviance (www.eviance.ca), provided editorial and research work for this report with significant contributions by Dr. Cameron Crawford, Eviance Senior Data and Policy Officer, and Dr. Susan L. Hardie, Eviance Executive Director. The review adopted an inclusive design approach and engaged accessibility subject matter experts. Steven Estey, Sherry Costa-Lorenz, Anne Camozzi, Rosie Sylliboy, Conrad Saulis, Melanie Gaunt, Vicky Levack, and Sylvia Parris-Drummond offered valued insight and guidance at various points in the review.

The Lab Welcomes the 2023-2024 Student Assistants

The lab welcomes new 2023-2024 student research assistants Alaura MacNeill, Bachelor of Education, and Harmony Bright-Doucette, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Health. Alaura will be assisting as a qualitative interviewer on lab-led and affiliated projects. Harmony will be working on presentations and publications related to her summer internship co-sponsored by the lab and the Wabanaki Council on Disability in association with the "Hearing their Voices" project.


RECENT Research Publications and Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Academic Journal Publications

  • Hoben, M., Dymchuk, E., Doupe, M., Keefe, J., Aubrecht, K., Kelly, C., Stajduhar, K., Banerjee, S., O'Rourke, H., Chamberlain, S., Beeber, A., Salma, J., Jarrett, P., Arya, A., Corbett, K., Devkota, R., Ristau, M., Shrestha, S., & Estabrooks, C. (2024). Counting what counts: Assessing quality of life and its social determinants among nursing home residents with dementia. BMC Geriatrics, 24(77), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-024-04710-1
  • Giosa, J., Kalles, E., McAiney, Oelke, N., Aubrecht, K., McNeil, H., Perez, O.H., & Holyoke, P. (2024). Co-designing action oriented mental health conversations between care providers and aging Canadians in the community. BMJ Open, 14(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-079653
  • Reid-Musson, E., Aubrecht, K., Kelly, C., Embrett, M., Hallstrom, L., Hamilton-Hinch, B., Johnson, S., Knocton, S., Lawrence, L., MacDonald, M., Mah, J., Marier, P., Moody, E., & Sim, M. (2023). Participatory evaluation of a direct payment program for equity in dementia care in Nova Scotia, Canada. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 22. https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069231197962

Reports

  • Aubrecht, K., Burke, R., Keefe, J., Kelly, C., Gahagan, J., Hade, M.J., Hardie, S., Flynn, T., Dowling, L., DePodesta, M., Nadeau, S., Kocki, J., & Knocton, S. (2023). Evidence to assess the impact of COVID-19 on community-based dementia care in Nova Scotia. St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. SGBA+ Policy Scan Report_0.pdf

Presentations

  • Godin, J., Brown, J., Mah, J., Aubrecht, K., Roulin, N., & Andrew, M. (2023). Can people living with early-stage dementia get appropriate accommodations at work? A survey of human resource professionals in Nova Scotia. Poster presentation at the Canadian Conference on Dementia. Toronto, ON. November 2.
  • Giosa, J., Kalles, E., Holyoke, P., McAiney, C., Oelke, N., Aubrecht, K., Habib Perez, O., McNeil, H., Beresford, T., & Peak, A.  (2023). Community-engaged research on aging and mental health: Adapting a visual model to guide mental health conversations among older adults, caregivers and care providers in home and community care. Oral presentation at the Canadian Association on Gerontology annual conference. Hilton Toronto, Toronto, ON. October 27.
  • Aubrecht, K., Kelly, C., & Rice, C. (2023). Centering the aging/disability nexus. Oral presentation at the Canadian Association on Gerontology annual conference. Hilton Toronto, Toronto, ON. October 28.
  • Godin, J., Atiyah, N., Brown, J., Mah, J., Roulin, N., Aubrecht, K., & Andrew, M. (2023). Working with dementia: How people living with dementia are perceived by human resource professionals in Nova Scotia, Canada. Oral presentation at the Canadian Association on Gerontology annual conference. Hilton Toronto, Toronto, ON. October 27.
  • Knocton, S., Aubrecht, K., & Reid-Musson, E. (2023). Understanding the applicability of the Quintuple Aim in health services and policy research on dementia. Poster presentation at the Canadian Association on Gerontology annual conference. Hilton Toronto, Toronto, ON. October 27.
  • Aubrecht, K., Reid-Musson, E., & Knocton, S. (2023). Justice and inclusion for people living with dementia through the lens of neurodiversity: A theoretical commentary. Oral presentation at the Canadian Association on Gerontology annual conference. Hilton Toronto, Toronto, ON. October 27.
  • Giosa, J., Kalles, E., Holyoke, P., McAiney, C., Oelke, N., Aubrecht, K., McNeil, H., & Habib Perez, O. (2023). Working with experts-by-experience to co-design an evidence-based approach to starting mental health conversations with older adults in the community. Symposia: Aging and mental health in Canada: Working with experts-by-experience to identify priorities, address research gaps and mobilize knowledge. Annual CAGP-CCSMH scientific meeting. St. John’s, NFLD. September 29.